Back Story



Back Story

Humans encountered an alien race in the year 2016. They call themselves Iate, they come from a small planet in orbit around the star Polaris. They are nearly immortal, living forever assuming they don’t get shot or starve or drown or something nasty like that. Most have a photographic memory, and are generally extremely laid back due to the fact that they have all the time in the universe at their disposal. The Iate came across Earth during the great jumpgate expansion. The Sol system was in the plans as a good location for a major hub for jumpgate routes. When they showed up, they found a strange species called humans on one of the planets. The people of Earth had somewhat limited technology in terms of space flight, but the Iate where quick to assist them, and soon the entire solar system was being colonized. Humans and Iate quickly became friends, and set up a new calendar for both people to use. Iate don’t really keep track of time as obsessively as the short lived humans do, so the earth calendar was adopted.

The year is now 317 HIC. (Human Iate Contact) All the planets in the Sol system now have colonies on or orbiting them. Many have immigrated to Iate worlds, and a few colonies are being established in other star systems. New France in the Antares system, New Tokyo in the Rigel system and a few others with rather unoriginal names like New New England or New Canada have been established here and there. Trade routes have sprung up all over the place, and there are riches to be made out among the stars.

As usual with humans, lots of people are greedy and corrupt. Piracy is rampant along major trade routes, especially those that connect in uninhabited areas. The humans created a space navy in order to police the trade routes. The Iate don’t have warships, because they are a peaceful people. War is not in their vocabulary, because they haven’t had any. The Earth Navy recruits people of all races and creeds and so on, and surprisingly quite a few bored Iate decided to join up for some excitement.

The story follows the crew of a small passenger ship as they seek to find fortune and adventure among the stars, and maybe get a little piracy and/or indecent behavior in along the way.